be·​ret bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio)
: a visorless usually woolen cap with a tight headband and a soft full flat top

Examples of beret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For seasons two and three, the uniform got a makeover, switching to darker colors like black, maroon, brown and adding a beret and suspenders as accessories. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 1 Sep. 2023 Their berets were inspired by the French resistance during World War II. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Aug. 2023 Now the dining room is full of people wearing berets and speaking English, thanks to Emily in Paris. Victoria James, Bon Appétit, 30 Aug. 2023 Meagan Good The stunner, who turned 42 this month, put on her best beret and enjoyed time in Paris. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 29 Aug. 2023 Joni Mitchell has always known how to rock a beret. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2023 Her steak haché, made from a mix of Angus and imported Japanese Miyazaki beef, has a melt of Comté cheese and sports a jaunty beret of seared foie gras. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 15 May 2023 Model Kate Moss wore a navy blue dress with floral accents and topped off the elegant look with a black beret. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2023 Polish troops in green berets stood guard outside a gated entryway for loading matériel, and a Holiday Inn Express across the street seemed to be operating as a 24-hour pizzeria for British logistics specialists. Elisabeth Zerofsky, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


French béret, from Gascon berret, from Old Occitan, cap — more at biretta

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beret was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Beret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


be·​ret bə-ˈrā How to pronounce beret (audio)
: a soft flat wool cap without a visor

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